Last Thursday was the birthday of Spanish painter Joan Miró (okay Catalan, not Spanish) and Google decided to honor his birthday with a custom Google logo. This did not go over well with the family of Miró, and they demanded the internet search company take down the image. The family alleged copyright infringement with the logo, and while Google did not believe it was a copyright violation, they agreed to the family’s wishes and removed the offending logo.
I wouldn’t be a good blogger if I didn’t slap it up here myself, and I will, but I won’t show it on the page. Click here to see the offending image.
I don’t think it’s a copyright violation either. Fair use. Besides, it’s not like Joan Miró is on everybody’s lips, they ought to be thanking Google for the honor and the boost in art sales this will cause.
One final bit about Miró; he was apparently great friends with Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape and a longtime British TV personality. I never knew that, just like I never knew Morris is an accomplished painter in his own right, whose surrealist paintings sell for thousands in auctions. The Naked Ape was one of the critical books I read in high school. Once you got past all the titillating parts about sexual behavior, it really prompted me to study anthropology in college. And while I didn’t take the path through life that I expected, I still retain my love of anthropology and art.